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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
17th March 1969 Fashion designer Alexander McQueen was born in Lewisham, London.
17th March 1954 Born today: Lesley-Anne Down, London, actress (A Little Night Music, Moonraker)
17th March 1954 Born today: Wally Stocker, London, rock vocalist/guitarist (Babys-Missing You)
17th March 1931 Born today: Eunice Gayson, London England, actress (Dr No, From Russia With Love)
17th March 1928 The first James Bond girl, from Dr No, actress Eunice Gayson was born in Croydon.
17th March 1921 Dr Marie Stopes opens Britain's 1st birth control clinic (London)
17th March 1904 The Daily Mirror's Handcuff challenge to Harry Houdini at the Alhambra Theatre.
17th March 1845 Rubber band patented by Stephen Perry of London
17th March 1789 Born today: Edmund Kean, London England, tragic actor (Shylock)
The Francis Holland School
Historic Francis Holland School moves into the pub next door.
Location: 5 Ivor Place, Marylebone, NW1 6DY
Description: The Francis Holland School operate two separate independent day schools for girls in Central London. Founded in 1878 by the Reverend Canon Francis Holland, and opened in Baker Street where it remained until 1915. The School then transferred to a new purpose built site near Clarence Gate.
The school has a memorable motto That Our Daughters May Be As The Polished Corners Of The Temple
Former pupils include Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones, actress Amanda Donohoe, model Cara Delevingne, model Petra Ecclestone, fashion designer Tamara Ecclestone, TV presenter
Emilia Fox, actress Joyce Grenfell, actress Sienna Miller, novelist and biographer Nancy Mitford, and violinist Vanessa-Mae.
Author Jackie Collins OBE attended and when her teachers discovered her selling her self-penned dirty limericks to fellow pupils at a penny a time, and instalments of her passionate saga Letters from Bobby, Jackie was asked to leave. I was finally expelled after they caught me smoking behind a tree on the lacrosse pitch, she wrote in her autobiography.